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Being Here

Stories

"We are all now writing stories. Sometimes in memory, sometimes in air. The wind lifts and passes us in gusts. Our stories scatter over continents, camouflaged histories we cannot share."

In this radiant collection of stories, readers are introduced to individuals whose existence reveals the "daily miracle" of their inner lives. Manini Nayar brings to the forefront immigrant women making their way in the world as mothers, wives, outliers and rebels. She writes about their insistence on autonomy and the absurdity and triumphs of their struggles.

These stories loop and double back across time and locales, connecting characters through memory while illumining lives forever recast by an offhand phrase, an act of will, or an unsought encounter. A girl battles with her eccentric neighbor still pining for the British Raj who prefers cats to daughters. A bride's untimely death seems to deny a computer salesman his American Dream. A woman arriving in New York soon after 9/11 understands how history spills into the future. While readers will meet a wide array of characters, it is Nina with whom they will become most familiar as she appears throughout the collection: first, as a young wife brought to the US by her husband, Siddharth Vellodi; then as an older sister; and later, as a (divorced) mother whose daughter's fateful rebellion remains the mysterious and incandescent center of the collection. In poetic and eloquent prose, Being Here provides a compelling and profound voice to lived experiences, and "delights with its humor, passion and pathos."

About the Author

Manini Nayar is Associate Teaching Professor of English and Women's Studies at Penn State, University Park, PA. Her award-winning stories have been broadcasted by the BBC World Service, and are published in Boston Review, Shenandoah, The Bellevue Literary Review, London Magazine, Stand, The Malahat Review, and The Alaska Quarterly Review.

Reviews

"Original, bright, refreshing, with terse sentences and many passages of lyrical prose."—Elizabeth Nunez, distinguished professor of English at Hunter College-CUNY and author of Even in Paradise

"Spanning different continents and communities, this collection of precise and effervescent short stories celebrates the absurd and the everyday, and delights with its humor, passion, and pathos."—Ilan Stavans, Lewis Sebring Professor of Humanities at Amherst College and Teá Obreht, winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction for The Tiger's Wife

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